Do i need a permit to cut down a tree on my property?
Most cities and counties have a Tree Preservation Ordinances or landscape codes outlining the rules and regulations surround tree removal and tree trimming.
As trees play a vital roll in urban cities livability, their removal is regulated and in most cases it is illegal to cut down a tree on your own property before first obtaining a permit.
Why is that? Trees are considered property of the community, but just happen to be on your land. They bring great benefit to all residents including cleaner air, reduced tempertures in summer, less soil errosion, promote bird life and a whole host of knock on effects that benefit all.
If you didn’t need a permit to cut down a tree on your property, and there were not strict codes of practice, your local neighborhood would look drastically different, and so would your quality of life there.
you will either need a permit to remove a tree on your property, or at the very least, you will need to replace the tree removed with another specimen.
In some cases both apply.
There are some cases however where tree removal permits are not required, such as when a tree is dead, or poses an immediate threat to persons or property as identified by a qualified arborist.
Local tree removal laws
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